Hilarious news from the other side of the globe; the type of news that is not only entertaining but further proves that other countries care way more about the World Baseball Classic than we do.
Sounds like the World Baseball Classic is turning into a spy game. Chinese Taipei was caught sending spies — cleverly pretending to be umpire trainees — to gleam information about their Korean foes.
Taiwan was forced to issue an apology Tuesday, after its spy try went awry. "Argo" this undercover mission was not. Korea figured things out rather quickly.
Once inside the umpires' room, the scouts began timing the delivery of the national team's pitchers, which drew the suspicions of [Korea Baseball Organization] officials.
"We had our suspicions because there seemed to be too many people in the umpires' room," one KBO official said. "They kept saying they were umpire trainees. But we later learned that they were really scouts and we ejected them from the stadium (in the fourth inning)."
A KBO official said the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), the Taiwanese pro baseball governing body, apologized to the KBO via e-mail. The CPBL said the scouts had gone to the game "without obtaining approval" of the league and that there will be "proper punishment for their improper behavior," according to the KBO official.
Chinese Taipei and Korea are matched up in Pool B of the tournament and will play each other on March 5. If history is any indication, Korea should have the advantage (thus the spying). In the two previous World Baseball Classics, Korea beat Chinese Taipei 9-0 and 2-0.
The World Baseball Classic begins March 2. Japan defeated Korea in the championship in 2009. Japan also won the Classic in '06 after defeating Cuba in the title game.
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